Melanie Shores, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Educational Psychology and Research
In teaching, I promote a learner-centered approach to learning and instruction. This learner-centered perspective may be defined as one which couples a focus on individual learners, with an emphasis on the teaching processes that are most effective in producing the highest levels of motivation, learning and achievement (McCombs and Lauer, 1997). With regards to my students, the most important aspect is for them to feel as though they are a part of the learning process. My goal is to prepare motivated, self-regulated, life-long learners who are able to make a difference in their fields or professions.
My primary scholarship interests focus broadly on seeing young female students provided with the opportunities and knowledge necessary in order for them to succeed in the 21st century and beyond. More specifically, I am working to build a bridge between K-12 and informal learning environments through higher education pre-service education and research resulting in stronger collaborations, better communications and resources to encourage girls in mathematics and science endeavors and careers.
My personal mission is to be able to serve in capacities which will allow me to be a role model for female students (K-College), female teachers and other female colleagues. As a female faculty member in Educational Measurement and Evaluation, a wife and a mother of 2 children, one of which is my daughter, it is my hopes that my service activities will permit other females to discover how it is possible to balance work life with family life. It is also important to me to give back" as I have always been taught that it is "better to give than to receive". This is something that I try to teach not only to my children but to my students, colleagues and school. While it has not been an easy process, it has been extremely rewording to have opportunities to work with other colleagues at the national, institutional, school and community levels."
I have been married to my husband, Brad, for eight years and we have two children, Anna Klair (7) and Tucker (4), three dogs and a cat. I love animals, enjoy gardening, painting and spending time at the beach. I also enjoy volunteering within the local schools and our church and food ministry. While life isn't always easy, I have realized how much truth there is to my favorite quote 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger'.